Sex offender, wife accused of breaking into cabin with two small children

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A couple was taken into custody over the weekend after authorities say they broke into a cabin in a local state park with two children in tow.

According to reports, the staff at Meeman-Shelby State Park went to get cabin five ready for paying customers on Saturday when they found it was already in use.

WREG spoke with two rangers who found Shawn and Leah Hyde and two children living there illegally. They said the cabin was a mess.

Investigators also determined the Shawn Hyde is a registered sex offender in the state of Texas. According to that state’s public sex offender website, Hyde was convicted on charges of aggravated sexual battery of a victim less than 13 years of age in 1993.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Both adults were charged with burglary in Shelby County. Shawn and Leah Hyde are due back in court Jan. 6 at 9 a.m.

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